There are not many things in life that are better than homemade bread.
I discovered an amazing baking book at Barnes the other day, called “Baking with Julia.“
The following recipe was inside. I decided to give it a try.
Here is a (relatively) easy recipe for some delicious pita pockets! You will need to start the recipe 3 hours ahead of your planned meal to allow for rising and such.
Definitely worth it! Give it a shot!
1 tsp dry active yeast
2.5 cups of tepid water (80-90 degrees)
2.5 cups of whole wheat flour
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil
2.5-3.5 cups of unbleached all purpose flour
1. Stir yeast and water in one direction until mixed (I heated the 2.5 cups of water in the micro for 45 seconds to reach 80-90 degrees).
2. Stir in whole wheat flour, 1 cup at a time. Then stir 100 times (in same direction). This is called the “sponge.”
3. Cover for 30 minutes-8 hours (can make the night before- I only waited 30 minutes and it worked great).
4. Sprinkle salt over the sponge. Stir in olive oil (in same direction).
5. Add the all purpose flour 1 cup at a time until the dough is too stiff to stir.
6. Put the dough on a lightly floured surface, kneading 8-10 minutes.
7. Clean the bowl, dry it off, and coat the sides of the bowl with olive oil.
8. Turn the dough around in the oil in the bowl.
9. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 2-3 hours.
(you can refrigerate the dough for up to a week…pulling off as much as you need for the day/night. It bakes best when it is allowed to come to room temp.).
10. When the dough has risen and you are ready to bake the pitas, preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
11. Place a cookie sheet upside down in the oven, during the preheat.
12. Grab a chunk of dough a little larger than the size of a golf ball.
13. Roll it out on a floured surface with a floured rolling pin.
14. Repeat this for as many pitas as you would like to make.
15. Put the pita directly on the upside down baking sheet (no oil needed) for 3-5 minutes.
16. Enjoy a delicious, homemade pita! Very simple to make, just takes some planning ahead!
Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
Cheers and happy evolving!